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Review:TheDirigiblePlum says:
Petunia always intrigued me as a character, because I think she had a pretty hard time having to watch her sister go to a really exciting school whilst she stayed at home. So in a way I feel sorry for her, but then her treatment of Harry is INEXCUSABLE!

Anyways! :D

I loved this story, because I felt it had all the dynamics of Petunia and Vernon's relationship perfectly. She was lost in thought in the beginning, thinking things over and over yet when her husband came in she gave him no indication that she was worried about anything, and he didn't bother to ask. I always thought that she hid a lot of things, and also felt that she had no one to really confide in, which may explain her slightly unpleasant temperament.

Despite how protective Vernon is over his family (his one redeeming feature I think) he doesn't really pay attention to them, as is obvious by the number of times Petunia tried to explain things to him. I like how you managed to slip in his over-protectiveness in with his ignorance in the fact that he thinks a burglar alarm would keep wizards out. It was just little things like this that were in your story that made the characters so true to form without it being too blindingly obvious. :)

Sorry I'm a bit of a sucker for well written characters, and I thought your's were perfectly done. :) I also had to laugh about the idea of Vernon whacking Voldemort over the head with a golf club... very funny image. :D

Sorry for the very rambly review, but I loved your story and I always leave rambly reviews for stories I love! :D


Author's Response: People go to jail (and rightly so) for treating children the way the Dursleys treated Harry. I do feel the neglect was sugar-coated in the HP books. Anyway, I'm glad I made you feel sorry for Petunia, to a certain extent. My intention in this story was not to excuse her, but I did want to portray her in a sympathetic light.

I definitely think Petunia had a secret life, so to speak. She had private, secret thoughts, dreams, and knowledge that Vernon was quite unaware of, in part because he never bothered to listen, as you said. Mostly she lets him bluster around, but on one or two occasions in the books, we did see her stand up to him.

I had a great time playing with Vernon. Although he IS protective of his family (and his family's image), he is so ignorant and such a fool . . . he's an easy target to hit. I think the burglar alarm plays right into him nailing shut the mailbox slot and threatening Hagrid with a rifle.

I know all about rambly reviews; I leave them myself. Thank you for this one and especially for your comments on characterization. :-)

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